A lottery ticket worth about $5 million was recently sold in Longview, and the prize on Monday had not yet been claimed.
The Lotto Texas ticket bought at EZ Bee49, 514 S. Eastman Road, matched all six numbers for a drawing that took place Saturday, according to a release from the Texas Lottery Commission. The cash value option was selected at the time of purchase, which means the winner will receive $3,755,592.41 before taxes.
The winner has 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim the prize.
Christina Cooper has worked at the store, which she calls Corner Market, that sold the lucky ticket for about the past six months.
“The lotto in general is really popular here,” Cooper said Monday just hours after the state commission released the news about the $5 million ticket sold at her store. “We sell about 150 lotto tickets a day here, which comes out to about $4,000 a day.”
Cooper said it is common for customers to win with scratch-off tickets bought at the store, but she was not aware of any previous winners on the bi-weekly number drawings.
Customers made sure on Sunday morning that the Longview store was aware the business had sold a Texas Lotto Pick 6 lottery ticket worth $5 million, Cooper said.
“There is a website that people that really play the lotto check, and they saw it posted that a winning ticket had been sold here,” she said. “They came in first thing Sunday morning and told us about it.”
She said $500 is the largest amount a store can pay for lottery winnings and that winners who claim larger prizes need to travel to a Texas Lottery Claim Center in Tyler.
“With a jackpot winner in each of the last two draws, Lotto Texas has been on quite a run,” said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery. “If you have the winning ticket, we encourage you to sign the ticket, put it in a safe place, seek financial and legal advice, and call the Texas Lottery to schedule an appointment to claim the prize. We look forward to meeting our newest Lotto Texas jackpot winner.”
Lotto Texas is played by picking six numbers from one to 54 and offers multimillion-dollar jackpots. Drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:12 p.m. For $1 more per play, a player can select the Extra! add-on feature for a chance to win up to $10,000 more on non-jackpot prizes.
In September, a Longview resident claimed a top $5 million prize in a Texas Lottery scratch-off game.
The resident, who the Texas Lottery said in a statement opted to remain anonymous, bought the ticket at Lil Tommy’s Gas & Go at U.S. 259 and George Richey Road north of Longview.
The winnings came on the $50 scratch-off ticket, Premier Play game.